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Chapultepec Castle and Park

CastlePerched on top of Chapultepec Hill in Mexico City’s Chapultepec district, the castle, once the home of the Spanish Viceroys, is now a museum. Located right in the middle of Chapultepec Park, at 2,325 m/7,628 ft above sea level, it’s the only castle in North America that has been used as residence by a ruling European sovereign. The entire area is filled with opportunities to spend your free time and explore the Mexican history.

How to get to the Castle

Take the subway and get off at Chapultepec and then explore the district walking.

The main entrance for the Primera Sección (First Section) is on Reforma Blvd. which is just two block north of the Chapultepec subway station (on Metro line 1, pink).

Besides the castle, you can also visit the Museum of Modern Art, National Anthropological Museum, Lago de Chapultepec and the Monument to the Heroic Cadets.

What to do

The entire area is a forest with a lake so don’t be surprised to see that many come here to stroll in the park or row on the lake, rather than visiting the museums or the castle.

While the area is free to explore, the entrance to the museum located within the Chapultepec Castle is 48 Mexican Peso. You are not allowed to use a flash and if you want to film there’s a fee charged. Make sure not to miss the Roman-style gardens and observatory located on top of the castle.

ParkWithin the park there is also a zoo which can offer a nice break from the city hassle and bustle and definitely a place to take the kids. The Zoo is famous for the three Giant Pandas which live here.

The amusement park and the botanical gardens are also worth exploring. You can ride on one of the roller coasters.

If you get hungry you can check out the restaurants or just grab some food from the local vendors (there are plenty in the park and the tacos are to die for!).

The walking trails in the park are great if you want to explore the nature or just spend an active holiday.

The entire area offers stunning view of the city and its surrounding.